Fukui Prefecture Governor Propose to Receive Ishikawa Prefecture Emergency Care Patients

Fukui Prefecture Governor Propose to Receive Ishikawa Prefecture Emergency Care Patients

Phone Conversation Between Fukui Prefecture and Ishikawa Prefecture Governors, In Case COVID-19 Situation Worsens Within Ishikawa

On May 11th, Fukui Prefecture Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto had a phone conversation with Ishikawa Prefecture Governor Masanori Tanimoto, regarding the recent spike in COVID-19 cases within Ishikawa Prefecture. In a situation where emergency medical care becomes difficult to manage, Governor Sugimoto expressed the idea of taking in emergency medical patients from Ishikawa Prefecture to be treated at the Fukui Prefectural Hospital.

On May 10th, Ishikawa Prefecture reported its record daily high of 50 new COVID-19 infections. On the same day, resources were further strained with hospital beds designated for COVID-19 patients reaching 81.5% occupancy. During April, the prefecture increased the amount of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients by 100, expressing it has affected general medical care.

According to Fukui Prefecture, Governor Tanimoto requested on the phone, “We are currently holding our ground. But in case the situation worsens, we wish for your assistance”. Responding to this, Governor Sugimoto offered support by taking in emergency medical patients.

According to the Fukui Prefecture Regional Medical Department, patients from Ishikawa Prefecture will be transported via ambulance. In the case where the patient is diagnosed with COVID-19, first taking in consideration the hospital bed occupancy within the prefecture and the patient’s symptoms, Fukui Prefecture will provide medical care to the best of its capacity.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1315243

Declaration of Medical State of Emergency by the Fukui Medical Association

Declaration of Medical State of Emergency by the Fukui Medical Association

April 6th Announcement, Following the Continuous Spread of the Novel Coronavirus

On April 6th, the Fukui Medical Association declared a “Medical State of Emergency”, with medical care within the prefecture in danger of collapsing, in light of the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The association and its chairman, Yukihiko Ikebata, held a conference, raising the issue of the impending shortage of hospital beds at designated infectious disease medical institutions, which could lead to disruptions regarding beds at general hospitals.

The association has recognized the cases in which some medical institutions have closed or restricted medical care upon examining a patient with COVID-19; regardless, the association stressed, “As long as thorough preventative measures are carried out during medical care, the staff will not become a close contact, and thus would not be necessary to close the facility. We wish for the citizens of the prefecture to understand this as well. We hope everyone can work together, and avoid the collapse of medical care.”

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1062945

Voiceless Chat for 119 Emergency Reporting on Smartphones

Voiceless Chat for 119 Emergency Reporting on Smartphones

A System for the Hearing Impaired to be Installed into all Fukui Prefectural Fire Departments

On November 9th, Fukui Prefecture’s Fukui City Fire Department presented a demonstration to the information media, in order to promote a 119 emergency system made for those with hearing or language impairment. The 119 emergency notification system can be operated without the need for speech, using only the smartphone/cellphone’s scree. By next year, it is planned for this system to be implemented into all of the prefecture’s fire departments. During the conference, a 119 multilingual service was also introduced.

The [NET119 Emergency Reporting System] first requires information to be registered, including the name and address. On a smartphone screen, the user can choose between various headings including “Emergency Aid”, “Fire”, or highlighting the current location. After connecting with the fire department, the user can exchange messages through chat, and give further details on the current situation. The Fukui City Fire Department implemented this system during April of last year. As of November 8th, 109 people are registered, but it has not yet been used.

During the demonstration, a fire department staff receives a report from a smartphone and confirms the situation through a chat. The system uses preset message prompts such as, “It is a medical emergency? Are you hurt?”, and “Where do your feel pain?”, to allow emergency staff to quickly receive information from the user.

Meanwhile, there is also a multilingual translation service, to accommodate foreigners who require the 119 emergency services, but are unable to speak Japanese. During such an event, the caller and emergency staff would connect with a private translation call Center, initiating a three-way call. The service was implemented into the city’s fire department during April of last year, and have been able to accommodate 14 different language, including English, Chinese, and Vietnamese. While there are no actual records of reports, there have been six cases where the translation service was needed by first reponders upon arriving on scene.

The demonstration presented a situation where a report is received from a man, located in a shopping Center parking lot, who is suffering from intense abdominal pain. Further information was gathered by interpreting various data points, including the visible structures within the vicinity, and details about the car the man is using.

Hiroki Hayashi, a commander of the Fukui City Fire Department Control Center, commented on the two reporting systems, “Including those with difficulties expressing themselves, and foreigners living in Fukui, we wish for everyone to be able to live with peace of mind.”

For registration or further information concerning the [NET119-] service, the Fukui City Fire Department Control Center can be reached at 0776 (20) 3999. Within the prefecture, the [NET119-] services are also operated by the Sabae-Nyu Fire Department.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/971037